Television personality and icon Ellen DeGeneres received quite a bit of backlash recently over a tweet considered as “racist” on social media.
The popular talk-show host tweeted an altered meme of herself piggyback-riding Usain Bolt, Olympic veteran sprinter, and multi-gold medalist, on Monday. The image used in the tweet was the viral photo of Bolt smiling for the camera while “going for the gold” at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“This is how I’m running errands from now on.”
While some found the post as another humorous joke from DeGeneres, a large population of social media users impugned the so-called “racist” image. Some depicted the meme as a white woman riding on the back of a black man.
On Tuesday, DeGeneres commented on the backlash, tweeting, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”